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Bodies found in Polo home

One was homeowner; authorities withholding other details for now

POLO – Two bodies were found early Monday afternoon in a home at 604 North St., Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn confirmed.

He declined to release their names, sex, ages, or manner of their deaths, or their relationship to one another. He did say one of the deceased lived in the home.

Autopsies are planned this morning, he said.

Two police cars also were stationed at a nearby home at 716 W. Fulton; Harn declined to say if that had any connection to the North Street home investigation.

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Police found the bodies after responding to a "person needing assistance call" made at 12:34 p.m. by a person visiting the home's resident, Harn said. The coroner was called to the scene, and ISP crime scene investigators are on site.

No arrests were made Monday, but Harn said the public is not in jeopardy.

A neighbor, Jean Dawson, told Sauk Valley Media that the home is occupied by a single elderly woman, possibly in her 70s.

(SVM is not releasing the name of either person, pending official notification, which presumably will come after relatives have been notified.)

"They're a very close family, and I'm feeling so bad, ..." Dawson said. "She was just a very good person. I mean, she was always willing to do anything for anybody." 

Dawson also mentioned that the woman frequented Mason Restaurant, 118 W. Mason St., with her family.

Two waitresses, Chris Sturtz and Fatima Ashiku, remembered her fondly.

"She was very outgoing," Sturtz said, pointing to a long table near the window where she would like to eat with her sisters. "She loved life. She was just a bright, shining personality."

"She's the best," Ashiku said.

Ashiku has worked for Mason Restaurant for 25 years, and knew her the whole time, she said. Their relationship was very close. Ashiku has diabetes, and the woman would take her to Dixon and Rockford for her appointments.

"Even the birds will cry for her, not just the people," Ashiku said. "She wouldn't hurt anybody."

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